Spengemann Column: The Role of Viagra in the NFL Playoffs



The playoffs start. And in XXL format. There have never been so many games on free TV and I am allowed to take the microphone for all three night games together with Roman Motzkus for ProSieben.

And even if it’s hard for us and you to get by with extremely little sleep until Tuesday morning, we’ll be rewarded with really good games.

There is already an absolute highlight on the football menu on Saturday night: Patriots vs. the Bills! A divisional duel is always particularly appealing because the teams have already met twice during the season and have actually put their cards on the table.

Both games this season have shown what complete teams meet here. In the first game, the weather god Petrus had no understanding and presented himself in a very stormy way. Wind strength of the “passing game not possible” brand was announced. And so everything played out in the running game.

Only three passes by the Patriots were the result. But that was enough for rookie quarterback Mac Jones’ team to take the win. The Patriots ran the Bills into the ground. The Bills defense knew what was coming, but had no remedy against the Patriots running backs. A game that caused a lot of excitement afterwards, because the Bills players were in a really bad mood and didn’t feel like answering the journalists’ questions after the game.

So it was clear that there would be no need for any motivational speeches from the Bills coaches for the second leg, because the Buffalo team was out for revenge. And so the Patriots really got under the wheels. Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a cream day and made short work of the Patriots defense. So the Bills can do it.

After years of dominating the AFC East, with duo Bill Belichick and Tom Brady having a No. 1 subscription, it’s time for the changing of the guard. The Bills have clinched the division title and will go into action with similar motivation as they did a few weeks ago.

In 21 years as a Patriots coach, Bill Belichick has bowed out in round ones of the playoffs just three times. So that it doesn’t become number four, everything has to fit together on the Pats’ side.

Rookie playmaker Mac Jones needs to push himself and the Pats’ defense needs to somehow get Josh Allen and his top receiver Diggs out of the game. If you don’t succeed, it will be a really stormy game. Not weather related. But passing game. Because Allen’s arm is a real weapon. And Diggs is always good for a big play.

It’s going to be cold at the Bills’ stadium. Really cold. And so that Allen doesn’t cool down on the sidelines during long Patriots drives, former Bills linebacker Bart Scott came up with an extremely strange tip. He advises everyone to just take two Viagra pills before the game. Scott said Thursday he should take some Viagra. This would help the blood circulate and get blood to the feet as well.

What Allen said about it is unfortunately unknown. But even without such strange means, he will be hot to lead his team to the next round. And so this is going to be a tough one for the Patriots.

Writing off Bill Belichick would be madness. The Patriots with him are always a fire hazard, but I’d be surprised if the Bills let the butter off their bread at home.

And that brings us to the game in the night from Sunday to Monday. The Chiefs welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a very mixed season, “Big Ben” Roethlisberger’s team got their ticket for the knockout stage at the last second with the help of the Raiders.

And the Pittsburgh playmaker acknowledged that with the statement that he and his team were the worst team in the playoffs. And unfortunately I have to agree with him. “Big Ben”, who flirted before the season with the fact that he was in the best shape of his life, showed more than clearly in the past season that he was very wrong with his self-assessment. Partly with the mobility of a shifting dune, it was just enough for nine wins, seven losses and one draw.

And now it’s up against the Chiefs. The Chiefs, who have continued to improve throughout the season, especially on defense, and who are able to ruin the day even for mobile quarterbacks. The last game of both teams on December 26 proved that the Chiefs then also have an offense that can score quickly for Mahomes with their accumulation of weapons. The Chiefs won the game 36 to 10.

And even if the Steelers with TJ Watt and Co. have always been number one on the list of sacks for five years, and in this matchup Patrick Mahomes will also get into situations from time to time that Chiefs fans are guaranteed not to like, it will Andy Reid’s team hold the ticket for the next round in their hands after the final whistle at Arrowhead. The overall package of the Chiefs is too round. And all indications are that the Chiefs are hosting “Big Ben’s” football retirement game.

And as the saying goes, all good things come in threes, the game in the night from Monday to Tuesday from 2.15 a.m. on ProSieben is a game that will have it all. The Cardinals versus the Rams.

Another division duel. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray makes his postseason debut. Since 2019, he has finished each season with 3,500+ yards passing and at least 20 touchdowns. These are values ​​that only Hall of Famer Peyton Manning delivered at the beginning of his career.

And the attack around the young playmaker is also important. Because what the Rams have in the ranks of their defense is a veritable all-star ensemble. Aaron Donald, Von Miller, Ramsey just to name a few. This unit is also the reason why the Rams were still able to turn things around towards the division title at the end of the season, as the team from LA had to iron out unnecessary ball losses from their own offense around Matthew Stafford on one or two occasions.

Yes, the Rams are also among the best in their guild in terms of offensive technology. Statistically, we’ll see the best receiver in the NFL in Cooper Kupp on Monday. OBJ has also regained the form fans want to see after moving from Cleveland to LA.

But: If Matthew Stafford makes mistakes like he has in the past few weeks, the Rams’ dream of playing the Super Bowl in their own stadium could quickly be over. Stafford’s last interception against the 49ers is emblematic of the Rams attack problem. A ball that was thrown too short towards OBJ and only the 49ers cornerback had a chance at it. You can throw the ball anywhere in this situation. But not too short, because your receiver can neither stop on the spot nor reach through the opponent.

And there were just too many balls like that in the final spurt of the season. Too many “crowbar” passes from the category “that’ll work”. When Stafford makes mistakes like that against the Cardinals, things get tight. And the 49ers showed how to beat the Rams last week. With passion and an effective running game. And the Cardinals have both.

And I would really wish the team from the desert, who have finally been in the playoffs again since 2015, to continue at least one round. But I think the Rams want to show everyone that losing to the 49ers was a blip and Donald and Co will make Murray lose feathers.

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